Arts & culture

Would it be ethical not to share your own story?

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Zeina Ismail-Allouche and Jad Orphée Chami


This event is free




J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room LB-1042-03



Would it be ethical not to share your own story?

Zeina Ismail-Allouche and Jad Orphée Chami

A performative participatory workshop to deconstruct the concept of shared authority in the Oral History Interview.

This performative participatory workshop intends to unpack the tension revolving around the willingness/ readiness/preparedness of oral historians to share their own stories and the concept of shared authority within the interview space.

The workshop intends to offer a safe space to address essential questions about the deep connections tying Indigenous Methodologies and the call for self-positionality to the practice of oral history. A self-positioning performative narrative will prelude the workshop as a pathway to living the experience of telling one’s own story as a vivid introduction to the subject matter. The participants will be then invited to reflect, connect, and revisit critically shared authorities in the interview space.


ZEINA ISMAIL-ALLOUCHE is an oral history/autoethnography storyteller, Zeina has worked for more than 20 years in the field of child protection especially with children forced to separate from their families. She has contributed to international initiatives to promote family strengthening aiming at preventing separation, participated in the drafting of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care for Children (2009), and established an NGO based in Lebanon to advocate for the rights to origins for the survivors who were illegally adopted out during the wartime. She is a public scholar (2019-2020) and holds an Individualized PhD from Concordia University researching the life stories of individuals who have experienced transracial or intercountry adoption through a collaborative research-creation informed by Indigenous methodologies.

HAD ORPHÉE CHAMI is a Lebanese-Canadian artist-researcher and composer, born in Beirut in 1998 and living in Montreal since 2015. He notably composed the original music for the film Antigone by Sophie Deraspe, which represented Canada at the 92nd Academy Awards and was nominated for best original music at the 22nd Gala Québec Cinéma. Through research-creation, he explores oral history as literal embodiment, separating the linguistic components of testimonies from the incarnated and bodily-bursting stories.

To attend in person, please send us an email at

All of our events are free and open to all, but registration is required.

Back to top

© Concordia University